June 2013        

Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum holds first regional meeting

In mid-May the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum held its first regional organisers’ meeting. The well-attended meeting took place in Co. Monaghan with the participation of people from Cos. Sligo, Monaghan, Tyrone, Armagh, Donegal and from Belfast, with a number of apologies for non-attendance from individuals from neighbouring counties.
     A report was given on how and why the Forum was established and the political principles adopted. Those invited to attend welcomed the establishment of the Forum and the opportunity to take part. It was stressed that the Forum was not a political party, nor an alternative to any existing socialist or republican parties: what was being attempted was, in the first place, the building of a grass-roots educational network, bringing people together to discuss the papers presented to the seminars on class, the state and imperialism held in Dublin in late 2012, which the organisers believe to be the central questions for all socialists and republicans.
     Those attending agreed to go back to their districts and to gather other activists together and establish local forums. Judging by the attendance, it is obvious that there is a need for such an organisation.
     The Steering Committee is now exploring the possibility of organising similar local organisers’ meeting in the west and south of the country.

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